Ann Blackford

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College: Health Sciences

Workshop Uses Magic Tricks in Therapeutic Settings

Published: Feb 14, 2013
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 14, 2013) − Magic shows often involve spectacle, drama, danger, personality, and of course, pulling a rabbit out of a hat. However, on Thursday evening, Feb. 14, at the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences, two performers will put their own unique and creative spin on magic by demonstrating how it can be used to assist with healing in a therapeutic setting.

 

Kevin and Cindy Spencer, known professionally as The Spencer's, are among the world’s most recognized magical performers. The Spencer's production is a unique fusion of magic and illusion, humor and mystery, and persona and personality. With a background in clinical psychology, Kevin who is considered the leading authority on the functional and academic benefits of the art of illusion likes to say, “I was going to help people’s minds but now I just mess with them.”

 

The Spencer's will hold a workshop for UK physical therapy students and faculty from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14,  in 219 Wethington Building. In addition, 'A Healing of Magic' Workshop will also be held 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 16,, at the Lexington Convention Center. The course is fully accredited and is designed for occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants and other therapy professionals including physical, speech and recreation therapists. For registration information: www.magictherapy.com/pdfs/Lexington_Registration_Form.pdf

 

"This presentation will introduce the students to alternative exercise approaches that are fun and challenging that will keep the patient's interest and encourage them to practice, thus helping them achieve their rehabilitation goals, said Tony English, associate professor and division director in the Deparmtent of Physical Therapy in the College of Health Sciences.

 

The Spencers' show, Theatre of Illusion, stands in stark contrast to the traditional magic show. Spencer sees it not as a stage full of tricks used to fool people, but as a way to inspire viewers with a sense of wonder. Audience members don’t simply watch the show, but are also invited to participate in the magic. Using magic much like a storyteller uses words, Spencer fuses this family-friendly production with a gamut of emotions. And with the skills of a master showman, he creates a world where nothing is impossible and anything can happen.

  

Kevin Spencer has committed his life to magic both on stage and off. When he’s not working with his crew to set up a show, Spencer can be found spreading the word about the therapeutic and educational benefits of learning magic for persons with a variety of disabilities.

 

Their workshops include presentations such as 'Healing of Magic'which uses simple magic tricks as a form of rehabilitative therapy and 'Hocus Focus' which integrates magic tricks into the classroom as a way of motivating students in the learning process. Both projects have an international reputation with published research in leading scientific journals. Spencer received the Harry Chapin Award for Contributions to Humanity in recognition of his work in healthcare and education.

 

For more information visit www.SpencersMagic.com

 

Media Contact: Ann Blackford at ann.blackford@uky.edu or (859) 312-3587.

 

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